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US stock futures edge up as weak August nears end

August 30, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are rising slightly on the last trading day of an August that has seen declines in major indexes.

Dow Jones industrial futures are up 25 points to 14,859. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 futures are up 3.9 points to 1,640.60. Nasdaq futures are up 8.5 points to 3,098.

The Dow has lost 659 points so far in August, a 4 percent decline.

Investors are looking to the release of federal figures on consumer spending in July and to news on the potential for military intervention in Syria.

The Dow gained 64 points Wednesday and Thursday, not nearly enough to make up for its 170-point loss Tuesday as tensions over Syria rattled markets.

U.S. markets will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

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